This programme is an interdisciplinary degree which explores the history, culture, politics, language and music of Israel. The programme covers the political thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky; Christian Zionism; the poetry of Yehuda Amichai; the rise of Palestinian nationalism; the struggle of Soviet Jews for emigration; the writings of Mendele Moykher'Sforim; the music of the hasidim; Palestinian Islamism; the teachings of the Rambam and the Ramban.
Zionist ideology; Israel, the Arab world and the Palestinians; modern Israel through its culture; a historical approach to Israeli literature; religion, nationhood and ethnicity in Judaism; the holocaust in theology, literature and art; family, work, and leisure in ancient Judaism; Judaism and gender; elementary Hebrew; intermediate Hebrew; advanced Hebrew; Arabic language courses (Master's); African and Asian diasporas in the contemporary world; social and political dimensions of modern Arabic literature; end of empire in the Middle East and the Balkans; modern Palestinian literature.
Course Additional Entry
The usual qualification for entry is a good 1st degree in a relevant field; however, the School is keen to offer the course to those with a real passion for the subject, who wish to develop a strong interest within an academic framework.
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